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Financial Aid Information

Important Tips

  1. Start the financial aid process early and be mindful of application deadlines.
  2. Keep track of required documents and submit them promptly.
  3. Explore all available options and maximize your eligibility for aid.
  4. Seek guidance from our counselors for personalized assistance throughout the financial aid process.

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Financial Aid Information

Navigating the world of financial aid for college can be overwhelming, but we're here to guide you through the process. Below, you'll find essential information about FAFSA, Cal Grants, and scholarships to help fund your higher education.

1. FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)

FAFSA is a crucial step in securing financial aid for college. It's a free application that determines your eligibility for federal grants, loans, and work-study programs. Here's what you need to know:

  • How to Apply: Complete the FAFSA online at fafsa.ed.gov. Gather necessary documents, including tax information, social security numbers, and other financial records.

  • Deadlines: FAFSA deadline is March 2nd, but it's essential to apply as early as possible. The application opens in December and some aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Benefits: FAFSA can provide access to various forms of aid, including grants that don't require repayment, low-interest federal loans, and work-study opportunities.

Apply for FAFSA

2. Cal Grants

Cal Grants are state-funded grants available to eligible California residents pursuing higher education. Here's what you should know:

  • Eligibility: To apply for a Cal Grant, submit your verified GPA and a completed FAFSA by the March 2nd deadline. There are different types of Cal Grants, including those for recent high school graduates, community college transfers, and adults returning to school.

  • Award Amounts: Cal Grants cover tuition and fees at qualifying institutions in California. The amount varies depending on factors like financial need, the type of college you attend, and the grant program for which you qualify.

  • Deadline: Cal-grant deadline is April 2nd, but it is important to do apply as soon as possible.

  • Renewal: Cal Grants can be renewable for up to four years, provided you meet academic progress and income requirements.

Note: Your counselors will apply to the Cal Grant for you. All you need to fill out is the FAFSA Application. Contact Mr. Haynes for further information.

learn more About cal Grant

3. Scholarships

Scholarships are a fantastic way to offset college costs. They come from various sources and can be merit-based, need-based, or based on specific talents or interests. Here's how to approach them:

  • Research: Look for scholarships from local organizations, national foundations, colleges, and businesses. Use scholarship search engines and inquire with your school's guidance counselor about available opportunities.

  • Application Process: Pay attention to deadlines and application requirements. Many scholarships require essays, letters of recommendation, or evidence of extracurricular involvement.

  • Diversify Applications: Apply for multiple scholarships to increase your chances of receiving aid. Tailor your applications to highlight your strengths and achievements.

Provided below are links to scholarship websites that offer general scholarships to students in high school.

StudentScholarships.org

GoingMerry.com

Scholarships.com

 

Additionally, you can check the Google Classroom titled "PHS Scholarships" for a breakdown of unique scholarships out there for you. For more information, assistance or questions about scholarships please contact our Scholarship Counselor Mrs. Perez using the following information:

Phone
909-388-6419 ext 217

Email 
jennifer.perez@sbcusd.k12.ca.us

4. CA Dream Act Application (CADAA)

The Dream Act allows eligible undocumented students and students with a valid DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) status to apply for state financial aid in California. By completing the California Dream Act Application (CADAA), eligible students can access certain types of financial aid, including state-based grants, scholarships, and institutional aid.

California Dream Act (DACA) Online Application

Should you have any questions or need assistance applying, please contact Mrs. Munoz through text message or email to set up an appointment using the following information below:

Phone
(840) 888-5461

Email 
maria.munoz2@sbcusd.k12.ca.us

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